Montiaceae

Montiaceae

Synonymy

Montiaceae Raf. in Ann. Gén. Sci. Phys. 5: 349. 1820 sec. APG III (2009)

Introduction

Family with 13 genera and around 200 species distributed around the world (Nyffeler & Eggli 2010). The species of this family are traditionally considered as members of Portulacaceae; however, molecular phylogenetic studies have shown that the traditional Portulacaceae are not monophyletic (Hershkovitz & Zimmer 1997; Applequist & Wallace 2001; Nyffeler 2007; Nyffeler & Eggli 2010; Ocampo & Columbus 2010). Nyffeler & Eggli (2010) proposed the segregation of the traditional Portulacaceae into four families (Anacampserotaceae, Montiaceae, Portulacaceae, and Talinaceae) based on morphological and molecular data. The circumscription of Montiaceae follows the proposal of Hershkovitz (1993, 2006) and Hershkovitz & Zimmer (2000). Montiaceae also includes Hectorellaceae (Applequist & al. 2006; Wagstaff & Hennion 2007; Nyffeler & Eggli 2010).